Give peace a chance, says Nagas in Myanmar

Give peace a chance,  says Nagas in Myanmar
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Dimapur, April 25: Naga organizations in Myanmar namely the Naga Public Organization (NPO) and Naga Students’ Organization (NSO) have appealed to the armed forces of India, Myanmar and Naga to give peace a chance in the India-Myanmar border. The appeal was made by the two organizations on behalf of innocent eastern Naga public during its border peace mission.
A joint press release issued by the NPO and NSO informed that its team embarked on the border peace mission on April 5 from Khamti towards NSCN-K-key leaders at Taka. The team comprised of eleven members and met leaders and deliberated on the difficulties faced by the border area people.
The release said the present situation in the border area is more or less a repetition and reminder of 1980’s during which eastern Nagaland was closed and became a battle field.
The NPO & NSO reminded that for decades, Naga inhabitants residing in the borders depend on Indian market where maximum communities acquire their livelihood. However, for couple of years, the area as such suffer in the hands of so called “defenders of the people,” it said.
The team so far have reached out to four gate-way, namely Hazik-Laju, Khanmoi-Longwa, Punyu-Pangsha and Shera-Awakhong and met Indian army commanders along with chairman and village chief and elders on both sides. “We are happy that the border area people are so eager to receive us and deliberate all grievances in connection to border check gate where people are being checked, and detained unnecessary on the predicts of checking NSCN-K,” it said.
Besides several fruitful discussions, the eastern Naga team made three requests to the Indian Army and Government. The first request was to allow market exchange. “We are aware that Government of India is concerned about the economic growth of the people on both side of the border. So without allowing market exchange, it will never be a success mission and dream,” the release said.
Admitting that to check those crossing the border is the bounden duty of the Indian army, the release however said unless a person is found indulging in illegal activities, they should be allowed to meet their relatives.
Also in order to implement India-Myanmar friendship projects on time, the release requested that movement of four wheelers carrying construction materials and other similar items; and movement of two wheelers till Noklak, Mon and Phungkhuri.
The team acknowledged the Indian side brethren and concerned commanders for their warm welcome and their concerns. It hoped that peace will reign “as we join our hands in search of peace and keep the words.”
“The inhabitants are much older than any force/ government in any manner. Therefore, respect the rights, history and the injured sentiment of the people on humanitarian ground,” it appealed. (Page News Service)